US promises 48 million dollars in aid for Kyrgyzstan
KABAR, June 24. The United States on Wednesday promised to send 48.3 million dollars worth of aid to Kyrgyzstan to ease the humanitarian crisis there and help with reconstruction in the wake of political unrest. "The United States intends to provide approximately 48.3 million dollars to programs for humanitarian relief, reconstruction, and community stabilization," the State Department said in a statement. "These funds will be directed to meeting immediate humanitarian needs, providing assistance to displaced and returning families," the statement said. It added the funds will also go toward "addressing the roots of the conflict through community development and conflict mitigation programs in the southern regions of the Kyrgyz Republic." The US Agency for International Development has already pledged more than 15 million dollars in emergency aid for those displaced in the south of the country and for stabilization projects throughout the country. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has already provided 15.1 million for "immediate assistance" to the southern areas of Kyrgyzstan and "rapid community improvement and stabilization projects" nationwide. Among other plans Washington is ready to provide "up to five million dollars in response to appeals from the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.